A rare set of quintuplets have been born in a Texas hospital, doing well despite coming into the world after just 27 weeks of gestation.
The quintuplets were born on August 9 to couple Carrie and Gavin Jones at UT Southwestern Medical Center, ranging in weight from nearly two to nearly three pounds. The Jones quintuplets are expected to remain hospitalized for the next few months as they are nursed through the first few critical benchmarks for weight and size and monitored throughout their early infancy.
The Jones family released a statement about the high-risk quintuplet birth, one of only a handful that occur in the US each year:
“We praise God for His mercy and love in bringing these five new lives into ours,” said Gavin and Carrie Jones. “The whole delivery went flawlessly from beginning to end. The doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, and everyone else on the UT Southwestern team were amazing.”
The five infants — named Will Edward, David Stephen, Marcie Jane, Seth Jared, and Grace Elise — were reported to be in stable condition in St. Paul University Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz, an Ob-Gyn at the hospital where the quintuplets were born, commented on the eventful birth of the Jones brood, saying:
“For all the anxiety that a quintuplet pregnancy generates, Carrie and Gavin are the perfect couple to have held it together,” said Dr. Santiago-Munoz, who had helped with the delivery of two sets of quintuplets before coming to UT Southwestern. “A birth like this takes a village.”
A press conference with the medical team caring for the Jones quintuplets is scheduled for later today.